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Ar 65
Role Biplane fighter
Manufacturer Arado
First flight 1931
Primary user Luftwaffe
Produced 1931-1936
Number built 85

The Arado Ar 65 was the single-seat biplane fighter successor to the Ar 64. Both looked very similar. The only major difference was the use of the 12-cylinder inline versus the 64's radial. The wingspan was also increased.

The Ar 65 appeared in 1931 and six models were built. The first three 65a-c were the prototypes while the 65d-f were the production models. The Ar 65d was delivered in 1933 and served alongside the Ar 64 in the two fighter groups - Fliegergruppe Döberitz and Fliegergruppe Damm. In 1935, the Ar 65 was reduced to a training aircraft. Production of the fighter was discontinued in 1936. But the next year, 12 of them were presented to Germany's ally - the Royal Bulgarian Air Force. The final production total was 85 aircraft.

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Variants

  • Ar 65a : Prototype, powered by a 559 kW (750 hp) BMW VI 7.3 12-cylinder water-cooled engine. First flight in 1931.
  • Ar 65b : Prototype, similar to the 65a but with minor structural changes.
  • Ar 65c : Prototype, similar to the 65b but with minor structural changes.
  • Ar 65d : Production model.
  • Ar 65e : Similar to the 65d, but with the removal of the vertical fuselage magazine of six 10 kg (22 lb) bombs.
  • Ar 65f : Final production model. Similar to the 65e.

Operators

Specifications (Ar 65f)

Data from [1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Length: 8.40 m (27 ft 7 in)
  • Wingspan: 11.20 m (36 ft 9 in)
  • Height: 3.42 m (11 ft 3 in)
  • Wing area: 23 m² (248 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 1,550 kg (3,418 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 1,970 kg (4,344 lb)
  • Powerplant:BMW VI 7.3 water-cooled engine, 559 kw (750 hp)

Performance

Armament

See also

Related development

Comparable aircraft

  • Heinkel He 43

Related lists

References

  1. ^ Sharpe, Michael. Biplanes, Triplanes, and Seaplanes. London, England: Friedman/Fairfax Books , 2000. ISBN 1-58663-300-7.
  • Green, William, and Gordon Swanborough, The Complete Book of Fighters (Salamander Books, 2002)
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